Monday, January 19, 2015

Online storage and Me!

So, it's been a while since i have blogged so i have decided to pick it up again. The topics will be a wide variety but today's topic is the usefulness of online storage. I know this topic is especially controversial among android users and security people. However, this post is not about those topics but rather how useful and practical online storage can be to not only the early adopters but to the average person. So, lets talk about how online storage saved me a great headache today.

Today, I decided that I would re-install fedora 21 on my desktop computer. The main reason I decided to do this is that I couldn't remember my root password to log on to my account. I hadn't used Fedora much but lately Windows 8.1 had been running pretty awful so I decided to give it another try. So, I took my trusty boot-able USB and booted up the live CD. I clicked install and got the fantastic ! of death saying i needed to partition my hard-drive. I had a voice in my head telling me I should really get g-parted and do it myself but i decided to ignore that voice and decided to use the default installer. I chose the partition that had the old fedora on it,deleted it, and reclaimed the space i needed to install fedora. I continued the setup process all excited to be trying Linux again. The process ended and it asked for a reboot and I happily did so and then the small moment of panic occurred as the the machine booted up and there is only one partition and windows is completely gone!!




There was a small pit in my stomach realizing that all my stuff was gone. Then, I remembered that I was an early adopter and that all my crucial document,pictures, and anything else i needed had been stored in Google Drive years ago.


Now, if I had not been an early adopter I would have been quite upset at this point. I had a lot of documents including resumes,portfolio stuff, certificates, and countless other things that would have been a pain to redo. This was certainly a huge sign of relief because so many hours had been put into the creation of all this material and those hours couldn't be recovered. I know there are still a lot of people that still are scared of online storage but frankly it is the future and I really recommend that people start looking into it. I can't tell you the number of times that people come to me for help because of hard-drive failures, USB being stolen or the plethora of other issues that have come up because of hardware issues. I am not saying that you have to use Google like me but I highly recommend people start looking into online storage alternatives. I have included some in this blog and if people have more please list them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!!


Dropbox
Google Drive
Box